From Puritanism to Postmoderni...
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From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature comprehensively covers nearly 300 years of American literature. This book approaches the subject from a modern and postmodern perspective and starts from the seventeenth century.
The authors clearly state that American literature is a modern phenomenon. They trace its roots back to Europe and show how it independently established itself in America and eventually helped define the country’s social and cultural parameters.
The first portion of From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature concentrates on the literature of British America. It says that the modern literature movement came into existence by the collaborations between American moderns and European modernists. This happened when Americans went as expatriates to London and Paris before World War I and then American soldiers went to Europe during the war. The second part of the book explains that the literary movement was born in Europe but found home in the US. This is when American renaissance came about. The final two portions of this book speaks about native and cosmopolitan crosscurrents and modernism in the American grain.
From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature is a concise book that tells the history of American Literature in a nutshell. It will be useful for students of American Literature, as well as for general readers who are interested in literature and history. This reprint edition, published by Penguin UK in 1992, is available in paperback.
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